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Editors: David O’Coy & Kerry Thomas Sales: Annelise Francis Writers: Laura Booth, Craig Bush, Lee Hall, Maisie Jeynes, Annette Naudin, Kimberley Owen, Danann Swanton Front Cover: Amee Christian Content Image: Martin Pickard

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DANCEXCHANGE 10 Year Anniversary

0844 338 5000 Tickets (adv) £10/£7 concession. On the day: £12/£9 concession In 2001, the Birmingham Hippodrome and the Birmingham Royal Ballet partnered with DanceXchange, ‘a dance house dedicated to creating exciting opportunities for people… to experience dance as participants, performers and audience members.’ Ten years later, not only has this dance partnership become the biggest in the UK, its growing success has become responsible for leading many British dance acts onto the global stage and in return, bringing many international acts to Birmingham. To mark this special 10th anniversary, DanceXchange are hosting a number of captivating dance shows. From locally based companies such as Bare Bones and Rosie Kay Dance Company to performances by the German born, London based choreographer Frauke Requardt (Thursday 20- Friday 21 October, 8pm), the Birmingham Hippodrome is the venue to visit this season: ‘Double Points: K & Asylum’ By Rosie Kay Dance Company Thursday 13 - Friday 14 October, 8pm Using dubstep, electro and classical music, this double bill explores the themes of ‘loss of identity for individuals…, asylum seekers and refugees.’ ‘Caravaggio: Exile and Death’ By Darshan Singh Bhuller Thursday 27 – Friday 28 October, 8pm Witness the artist Caravaggio’s ‘search for forgiveness and redemption’ through extremely physical choreography. ‘Episodes of Blackness’ By Vocab Dance Company Friday 4 November, 8pm This double bill ‘combines traditional African dance with Contemporary and Hip-Hop dynamics’ to explore youth culture, roots and loss of tradition. ‘Weight x 3 & 2’ By TAO Dance Theatre Friday 11 November, 8pm Using modern dance, this thought provoking show explores the theme of reconnecting. DS 05


George Shaw, The Fall, 1999



Herbert Gallery, Jordan Well, Coventry 18 November – 11 March 2012 Coventry born George Shaw has forged a formidable reputation within the art community over the last 15 years, culminating in his recent Turner Prize nomination. His work surrounds the area he grew up in, Tile Hill, which was often riddled with the graffitied musings of a disillusioned youth, who took comfort in scribing I woz ere wherever they chose. Much of Shaw’s work documents these, seemingly obscure, areas of his youth and the disembodiment he felt when returning later as a so-called ‘visitor’ to his old stomping ground to find everything changing. The moody simplicity of Shaw’s work is haunting and yet there is an underlying beauty that lurks beyond the surface. What usually would be considered mundane subject matters are brought to life by the deft attention to detail and the skill of Shaw’s brush. Having showed his work once this year already, Shaw believed that the Coventry paintings would end following the showing. It was not to be, as fresh inspiration following the death of his father means that he continues to cling to the past, working on his end to the Coventry paintings. In a sense, his work is his moniker on the Coventry landscape - his I woz ere. For the first time, Shaw brings the product back to the inspiration with his first show starting at The Herbert in Coventry, in November. LH 09

George Shaw, The Goal Mouth, 1999





An Exhibition of New Painting from Britain mac, Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham Until 13 November

Home is where the heart is – or so they say. Some Domestic Incidents, in conjunction with Prague Biennale 5, looks at the different perceptions that people have of their homes and how every day occurrences can turn a home into an oppressive force. Instances like burglaries, family deaths or even visits from bailiffs have the power to strip warmth from a home and leave an indelible mark. For others, the home is never a happy place from the start. It is a place of loneliness and melancholy, misery and oppression – where the walls are more akin to a prison than the proverbial castle they should be. The exhibition explores the reality of these differing perspectives and the gulf that exists in modern perceptions of the home. Including Graham Chorlton, Sally Payen, Caroline Walker, Oliver Clegg and more, the subject matter is as diverse as the perceptions of the home they represent. Midlands based Chorlton will explores night scenes often devoid of human presence, with chairs pulled from tables with discarded cards, all signifiers of relationships and lives that have ended in the home. Another West Midlands based artist Sally Payen’s previous work has addressed issues of angst, protest and civil unrest. Her pieces for the show depict the remnants of a house party that has gone sour. Graham Chortle will be giving an illustrated talk on his work featured in the show on 17 October at 7.30pm. Curators Matt Price and Charlie Levine will also be hosting a free tour of the work on 20 October at 7.30pm. LH Image: Caroline Walker



CRASH VIVID, 140 Heath Mill Lane, B-ham B9 4AR Until 29 October An experimental season of sonics, moving image, installation and construction stimulated by the vision of J.G. Ballard. CRASH tunes in to the ‘Ballardian universe’ through a multi-disciplinary season embracing Ballard’s own cross-media engagement and his profound influence on film and our responses to urban life. Architects, designers, sonic artists and interdisciplinary practitioners conjoin to explore technology, media, art and culture and the slippage between the present and future realities.

THE EVENT Various Venues, Digbeth, B-ham 21 - 30 October Comprising several arts orgs, collectives and galleries The Event takes place every 2 years filling the streets and spaces of Digbeth with an array of contemporary visual art. 016

A group exhibition at Grand Union, Guerilla Gastronomy at Eastside Cafe by foody experimentalists Companis, a ritual performance installation by AAS and our favourite; ‘Curate me Out’ a ‘performance event complete with a professional compere, bright lights and music jingles’ by Baz make up this experimental 10 days. Image: Slice-Knives Out, Rory McClelland

WILLIAM POPE. L: CHILD Eastside Projects 6 Heath Mill Lane, B9 4AR Until 5 November Child is an epic artwork about a small troubled family, coping with the long absence and return of the father by Chicago based William Pope.L, the self dubbed ‘Friendliest Black Artist in America’. Pope.L continues to construct surprising and unique work around the dispersion and coalescing of matter, values and concepts of what it means to be alive. The installation works as a journey through the sets of a film, requiring the spectator to ‘seek out’ successive sections of the story, mirroring the journey from bar to bar, pub to pub, within the story. 0121 446 3232 Tickets are £6.50 (£4.50) 31 October, 7.30pm Midlands Fretted Orchestra will bring the fear factor to Halloween through their live score accompaniment to this famous vintage classic silent vampire film. Listen to 35 musicians playing instruments from banjos and classical or acoustic guitars to mandolins.

Halloween When Broad Street’s punters get even more naked than usual and we start to witness odd, devilish accessories staggering in and out of clubs, it can only mean one thing. Halloween is on the horizon. To ensure you celebrate in style, Area has researched the best venues to ensure all of your spooky needs are catered for this October.

PICKLED IMAGES: WOLF TALES mac, Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham 0121 446 3232 Tickets are £8.00 (£6.00) 30 October Give your children the opportunity to hear the wolf’s side of all wolf-related fairy tale stories through song and puppetry.

DEAD BY DAWN - HALLOWEEN HORROR MOVIE MARATHON The Public, New Street, West Bromwich 0121 533 7161 28 October, 7.45pm until 8.00am Attend an all-nighter of five horror films, four selected by local film societies and a fifth chosen in advance by you. Tickets are £15.00 or £18.50 with pizza (on advance bookings only). A selection of themed food and drink will also be available.

HALLOWEEN FANCY DRESS BALL Highbury Hall, 4 Yew Tree Road, Moseley, Birmingham, B13 8QG 0121 303 2050 Tickets cost £24.95 28 October, 7.30pm As well as the normal Halloween themed club nights throughout the weekend at Gatecrasher, Walkabout and Subculture, visit something a bit different at Highbury Hall. This grade II gothic style mansion is throwing a fun fancy dress ball that includes a hot buffet.

NOSFERATU WITH LIVE SCORE mac, Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham

Whatever you choose to do, happy spooking! DS


48 HOURS IN AMSTERDAM Amsterdam is one of Europe’s most beautiful and vibrant cities, famous for its tolerance and picturesque canals. It is also overflowing with achingly trendy and stylish hangouts, subcultures, creative types and… 2 Unlimited - but the less said about them the better. Museums, art galleries, bike rides and uber-stylish eateries are a far cry from stag weekends, sex shows and spliffs, and at just under an hour’s flight from Birmingham it’s the perfect weekend getaway to take you away from your studies for a well-earned break. With 48 hours to explore here are our picks of the must-sees and do’s of the Dam. GET ON YOUR BIKE By renting a bike you can experience the city like a local. The bicycle is undoubtedly the most practical means of transportation in Amsterdam and the best way to see the city. The MacBike Shop is ideally situated opposite Amsterdam Central Station where its bright red bikes make it apparent to everyone that you are a novice cycling tourist. On the plus side it also means it is easier for the locals to know well in advance to get the heck out of your way – especially when navigating past the narrow footpaths near the canals. 022

GET A ROOM The Mint Hotel is Amsterdam’s newest kid on the block, offering distinctive design inside and out, and is conveniently located in the centre and only a few short minutes’ walk from Central Station. The rooms ooze stylish minimalism with splashes of colour offered through the soft furnishings. There’s a super-sexy iMac in every room that channels TV, radio and free internet access. If that’s not enough the hotel also offers the best cocktails and views of the city in its stylish rooftop bar, Skylounge. EAT Brasserie Harkema is a hip and updated version of the classic Parisian brasserie with a contemporary modern edge. The decor and menu are both minimally and excellently executed with an open kitchen, open-plan dining and cosmopolitan atmosphere all going together to offer a casual-dining loft experience. A large wine selection is displayed on shelves along one wall from floor to ceiling while Paul Smith-styled signature stripes are a statement piece opposite. GO OUT If you prefer a bit of performance art with your food then this is the place for you. My usual version of ’supper’ is a bit of marmite on toast and a twofinger Kit-Kat, but this places takes it into the realms of ‘art’.

On arrival you’re asked to wait in the dark, leather-clad S&M styled bar, before you embark upstairs to an uber-modernist white room with psychedelic backdrops. DJs spin ambient house music while performance artists play instruments to accompany the sounds, all while you relax on beds and eat your fivecourse surprise tasting menu (the night we went it had an oriental influence). If it all sounds a bit achingly trendy and Nathan Barley-esque then prepare to be surprised as it’s completely unpretentious and great fun! The pace picks up when the plates are washed and the BPMs shift up a couple of notches giving you the opportunity to burn off the calories on the dancefloor. HOW TO GET THERE: We travelled with bmibaby and the Netherlands Tourist Board to Amsterdam. The Mint Hotel is located on the river front next to the Central Station and within easy reach of a host of attractions. Rooms start from €199 per night. bmibaby flies direct from Birmingham Airport to Amsterdam up to 13 times a week. Fares start from just £19.99 one way including all taxes.  For the lowest fares and to book a flight, visit For more information about Amsterdam please visit 023

A VERY MERRY MUSEUM AND A HAPPY HERBERT This year’s festive season at the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Coventry, will kick start your Christmas spirit with a healthy dose of creativity!


On 19 November Making Merry is back to help you buy your favourite people the perfect gifts and adorn your house with festive favours and decorations. Delight in the beautiful ambience between 11.00am and 4.00pm as choirs from around Coventry serenade you as you shop from a selection of the region’s designer makers. Visitors can even take part by joining in the Scratch Choir on 19 November between 10.30am and 3.30pm. You’ll get taught festive songs from around the globe before putting on a performance at the end of the day with the full World Song choir. Booking for the Scratch Choir is essential and can be done by calling 024 7629 4774 or at the Herbert reception. If that wasn’t enough to make you merry then why not try your hand at our Festive Wreath Workshop. You can create your own beautiful festive decoration in this artist led workshop. There are two sessions taking place on 19 November, 11.00am to 1.00pm or 2.00pm to 4.00pm. The workshop cost £10 per person which includes all the materials. Booking is essential; Please cal 024 7629 4774. On 10 December a visit to the Herbert will transport you back to the Victorian era to experience how people in 1890 prepared for Christmas. The Victorian Christmas Family Day includes craft workshops such as Decopage gift bags and cornucopias, ghost stories in our medieval under

croft, food demonstrations, music, a Victorian quack doctor and a whole lot more. The day starts at 11.00am and families can drop-in at any time before 4.00pm. The 19 and 20 December will see thrift return to the Herbert in the Make Do and Mend Christmas Crafts. Using the war time initiative families can recycle and reuse materials in an inventive and creative way. Families can drop-in any time between 10.30am to 12.30pm or 1.30pm to 3.30pm. Christmas without music is like presents without wrapping which is why this year the Herbert is inviting the under 5s to bring their adults to the Early Years Musical Christmas. Taking place at 10.30am and 11.30am on 21 December this creative, and on occasion, loud activity will include nursery rhymes, instruments and Christmas songs. The sessions are led by local company Music box; there is no need to book but you may be asked to attend the next session if the first is full. Also taking place throughout December will be events including Winter Stories for Adults, Arts Workshops and a Festive Film Screening. For more information on these events visit





Taking over the streets of Birmingham from the 14th - 23rd October Food Fest 2011 will see over 100 events and 80 different offers at restaurants, cafes, eateries and surprising venues across the city. Along with the Michelin stared heavy-hitters (Simpsons, Purnell’s and Turners of Harborne) and the suburban favourites (The Manic Organic Café in Kings Heath, Sabai Sabai in Moseley) you’ll also be invited to sample the delights of Digbeth with Edible Eastside’s Concrete Garden. For drink lovers there will be cocktail making, a real ale trail and wine tasting taking place but if you really want to splash out then how about ‘Dine Under the Stars’ at Thinktank’s Planetarium? ‘Enjoy a sumptuous three course meal under candle light and the glow of the moon’ on the 14th or 15th October for £250 (for 2). Sampling what will be on offer at Indian favourite Pushkar (www.pushkardining. com) food-lover and amateur blogger Annette Naudin (annetten.posterous. com/) went to find out... Pushkar is what you might call a ‘posh’ Indian restaurant with a glitzy decor and a very bright interior. It is probably on a par with the award-winning Lasan. Its owner, Rai, is charming and is clearly passionate about creating a special restaurant experience. For me, it feels a bit loud and nouveau riche but still, it’s fun and we don’t have many places like it. A little bit of Bollywood in Birmingham! Pushkar’s concept for Food Fest is Northern Indian ‘street food’ but presented in the same sophisticated style the restaurant is known for. Straight away I had a problem with that. If you are going to do ‘street food’, then why not experiment with the presentation too? Still, the flavours were very good and Rai’s enthusiasm was compelling. Having explained that his chef had researched the food carefully, Rai also had a nice narrative about his mother’s influence and her involvement in preparing some of the dishes. The main dishes included eating meat off the bone described by Rai as typical of ‘street food’. I don’t often have a dessert at Indian restaurants but the homemade Kulfi was delicious. A week later, I can still remember the deep and earthy taste of cardamon so distinctive of Indian desserts. I might not have chosen to go to Pushkar if I hadn’t been invited to sample the food but I’m glad I did and I would recommend it, particularly during the festival as they will be offering a complimentary champagne cocktail! And of course that is what Food Fest is all about - being experimental and trying something our of your comfort zone. Check the website for offers and dates. 029



IT’S BREWING IN THE MIDLANDS What with the Birmingham Beer Festival looming round the corner (27th-29th October), it’s the perfect time to talk about beer. The cask ale revival has definitely gained momentum with cask ale now accounting for 1 in 4 pints, according to the Marston’s Cask Report. Birmingham in particular is jam-packed with great places to get an ‘ale fix’ and finding this quite an exciting prospect is recently converted ale drinker Kimberley Owen. Of course, there’s the Victoria, Rose Villa Tavern and Jekyll & Hyde to choose from, along with stalwarts The Wellington and Digbeth’s The Anchor, and we know we could name many more but Kimberley is only just starting her exploration in to the world of ales. Microbreweries are now popping up around the West Midlands and below is just a small (and by no means definitive) selection of the ones which should float your boat. Based in the heart of Warwickshire Purity Brewing Co. is a favourite of many of the city’s dwellers. With its dedication to only using natural ingredients you’re ensured a tasty pint. It’s zesty pale ale, Mad Goose is dead cert if you want to end your pint with a smile on your face. You could also try the brewery’s Pure Gold or UBU if you want to score a delicious hat trick. Angel Ales seems to be developing a distinct following. Although this brewery is small scale it doesn’t compromise on the taste of its ale. As a winner of the Best Beer Award at the Stourbridge Beer Festival, it’s time to get your fix of their delicious brews at the Waggon & Horses in Halesowen. Springhead, based in Nottingham has more than a few fans. The brewery’s featured beer of the month is ‘Roaring Meg’ aka the Big Blonde’ – you can get your fix of this from all ‘good supermarkets’ if you fancy taking a bottle home. Sillhill brewery in Solihull comes highly recommended, particularly it’s Sill Hill Four, a pale ale which is definitely refreshing. Or how about heading to the heart of the Black Country for the self-proclaimed (and well deserved) “legendary beer of the Black Country” from family brewers Bathams. With five generations of esteemed heritage to perfect its sweet Best Bitter you can’t go wrong. If you’re up for exploring, or even trying your first sip of cask ale, give the Birmingham Beer Festival a try. With a large range of beers on offer you can wet your whistle and perhaps even take part in the interactive tasting session that will take place. Visit for more information. 031


Image courtesy of Charles Davis


BREWSMITHS COFFEE & TEA Unit 16 Queensway Arches, 214 Livery Street, B3 1EU @Brewsmiths_JQ

David Conroy has lived in the Jewellery Quarter for eight years. The urban village sensibility has seeped into his bones and he’s found it easy to appreciate how individuals and businesses are connected and how that helps drive the local economy and its myriad of on and off-line networks. When David and Kate Butler opened Brewsmiths Coffee & Tea in May this year they took steps to identify small businesses to trade with in the Quarter and around the city. Many business owners will attest that finding reliable suppliers is one of their biggest headaches. But using social networks to identify and assess suitability made the process simpler and helped make that often difficult first contact. They found two superb local artisan bakers this way - Bake Birmingham ( and ToBizzyToBake (@ToBizzyToBake) - and have worked closely with them for four months. Through collaboration with Bake and the Two Towers Brewery - owners of the local Brown Lion pub (18 Hall Street, B18 6BS) - they developed their exclusive Jewellery Quarter Porter Cake. This rich chocolate cake, with its story rooted in the creativity and passion of the quarter, is made with Two Towers Porter beer and finest organic ingredients. With a topping of delectable cream cheese icing and gold frosted Maltesers it has quickly become a best seller. With ToBizzyToBake and Anderson and Hill Delicatessen in the Great Western Arcade they’ve also created some of the freshest filled ciabattas in the city. The bread is baked and delivered fresh each morning and filled with tempting cheeses and meats. Brewsmiths ethos proves it’s all about collaboration rather than competition. 033



The Birmingham Oasis, Orion Building, Navigation Street, B5 4AA @Cafe_Blend Sophie Highfield, owner of CafĂŠ Blend, has spent years indulging in coffee and contributing to that very caffeine count. Travelling through the Caribbean, North and South America, the Pacific, the Med, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, China and having resided in Barcelona for a short while; she was swept up in the romance of coffee culture as well as its heritage. 034

Global coffee cultures can vary the boldness, the taste and the roast (they are so proud of their creation they will don it the Italian Roast, the French Roast, the New England Roast and yes that is correct – even America has mastered a cracking bean despite what the so called connoisseurs of coffee will have you believe). Coffee is subjective – it is in the eye of the beholder as the presentation, service style, the additions of syrups or liqueurs and even the making of coffee is clearly evidence of. Café Blend is celebrating the differences of a commonality; that we all love coffee! Offering over 150 flavours that have been inspired by travels across the globe Cafe Blend has a wealth of choice for the intrepid coffee explorer; you will find traditional, exotic, exciting, new, sweet and unusual all in one place. Sophie’s passion for coffee was enhanced further in a slightly more exotic setting than Birmingham. “In March 2009 I was trekking across Hawaii’s Big Island to a place called Kona (where incidentally one of the world’s most expensive Arabica bean is farmed)”. She explains: “I had been walking down a highway surrounded by beautiful landscape. After a few hours of enduring a quenching thirst and realising that not only are flip-flops not suitable attire for trekking but also that I had no comprehension of distance when I started this ridiculous hunt for a morning caffeine fix Three hours

later I found it, my oasis! Somewhere along the Mauna Lau I saw a row of six stores at the bottom of a vast cascading slope. It was then that I noticed a big purple plastic donkey which was really not in keeping with the surroundings. I limped over to the purple donkey and behold; a coffee shop called “Donkey Balls” appeared before me. I had not realised to begin with but Donkey Balls is also one of Kona’s roasting plants where I was told that the name is derived from their freshly roasted beans that are coated in chocolate as a delicious snack with your coffee. I ordered the “Heavenly” and sat outside. My drink came to me and it was as cold as ice and a well deserved refreshing treat after such a trek to locate one. I sipped my coffee and looked out at the view; a moody sky over green capped mountains and valleys of reds, pinks and yellows. It was beautiful and I will never forget that morning.” If you would like to make the Café Blend version of the coffee Sophie enjoyed in Kona, then this is what you will need for the “Heavenly Blend”: - A double espresso of Kona coffee - 2 shots of Amaretto syrup or 25ml Disaronno Amaretto - 2 scoops of vanilla bean ice cream - Blend and top with whipped cream - Enjoy! Better still head down to Cafe Blend, soak up the atmosphere and try one of the delicious coffee martini’s and let the experts take care of you. 035



Becoming increasingly known for their bespoke and memorable dining experiences Kaye Winwood and Siân Tonkin of Companis (meaning to ‘break bread with someone’) are challenging people’s taste buds and foody perceptions with their challenging menus. Immersing the diner in a fusion of performance, food and spectacle their recent project Floating Feast for Ikon’s Slow Boat, involved Companis working with the Ikon Youth Programme and Ikon Café to produce an evening of intimate dining on a narrow canal boat for a group of 20 diners at a shared table. The menu took inspiration from the canals and fictional narratives were created for menu titles and descriptions, all served without cutlery, encouraging mess and interaction of diners whilst pushing the boundaries of sharing and personal space amongst strangers. Diners were invited to consume a Canal Water aperitif and revel in the newly discovered ‘health benefits’ of Birmingham canal water. Other courses included Bird Splattered Mess (Eton Mess), Bilge Water (soup), Filter-Feeder Salad ‘nourished by heavy metals’ (fresh water crustaceans), and Grappled Treasure and Sludge (coffee and truffles), alluding to the grittier side of the canal network. 036

Companis is also part of Birmingham Contemporary Art Forum’s The Event and Birmingham Food Fest’s Fringe Programme, where they plan to offer ‘Fluxus-inspired limited edition Instructional Food Boxes’, to be sold for a small fee at Eastside Café in Digbeth between 12 – 2pm from 21st to 30th October.






6/8 Kafé wants your designs 6-8 Temple Row, Birmingham @sixeightkafe

As well as being a place to get a top notch cup of coffee, Birmingham’s independent coffee shop 6/8 Kafé also likes to give the second city creative types some support by dabbling in unique opportunities. One of their latest projects involves illustrators, photographers and designers sprucing up the humble, and often taken for granted, takeaway coffee cup. If you have an itchy finger for the pen, mouse or camera shutter then submit your work to 6/8 and they will print it on stickers to adorn their paper cups for customers to muse over. Several prominent West Midlands based creatives have already gotten involved, such as illustrators One Sugar Please and Kooky Koala Illustrations, photographers Helen Flanagan and Jodie Atkins and FAKE magazine creator Kerry Leslie. This is an ongoing project that will keep trucking until people stop submitting designs. So to get in the mix and find out how to submit your workings, either contact them through the avenues above or drop by the shop and ask. CB 040

THE MONA PIZZA Take two things any normal human being loves; food and music.Combine them. Voila! A cookery book made up of recipes by your favourite bands. Introducing... The Mona Pizza. Mike Coley, the man behind The Mona Pizza tries to explain how the book came about; “I guess I have always been interested in food and music, cookery and records, and I thought it might be interesting to explore the relationship between them”. Coley, a Birmingham expat, started to make contact with bands from around the globe about a year ago, sharing his idea and hoping for a positive response back. “At times it was very easy, and at others super frustrating! I would get three or four great submissions in a day and then have to wait weeks for the next”.

The book includes a range of recipes, from Scotch Sushi, to Vegan Chocolate Cake, to Mackerel in Pitta, submitted from bands and artists including; Bitches, U.S Girls, Emmy The Great and a host more. It’s illustrated by another local expat, George Collum (member of Birmingham band Death Ohh Eff) whose eerie drawings simultaneously horrify and entice you. “I’ve known George for a really long time and he’s always been a brilliant illustrator” explains Coley, “when I dreamt up this project I had a definite idea of aesthetic and style, and it was just George”. And is Birmingham responsible for providing inspiration behind the book? “The sad truth is that I couldn’t afford to eat out much when I was in Birmingham, but I always enjoyed Cafe Soya. The Warehouse Cafe in Digbeth and Maison Mayci in Kings Heath were favourites too”. The Mona Pizza is available to buy now from and will be officially launched at Foodie exhibition ‘Eat What Ya Like’ at Beach Gallery in Shoreditch, London, on the 1st October. MJ 041


Win Gorgeous Fragrances from The Perfume Shop at The Fort!

The Fort Shopping Park welcomed the opening of The Perfume Shop in August, and to celebrate it is giving two readers the chance to win one of two scents worth £40 each - one for him and one for her! The Perfume Shop stocks hundreds of amazing brands for you to explore and enjoy to your heart’s content. Ladies could win Lacoste’s Joy of Pink, the vibrant fragrance for women inspired by the exotic taste of a Curaçao cocktail. Encased in a beautiful bottle, this perfume is pure joy! Gentlemen have the chance to win Davidoff Champion. This scent is all about building physical and mental strength and will definitely bring out the champion in you. If you want to be in with a chance of winning one of these fantastic prizes, then simply answer the following question: What month did The Perfume Shop open at The Fort? The Fort Shopping Park – is Birmingham’s premier out-of-town shopping experience with 28 quality national retailers, which stock some of the largest ranges in the country, late opening hours and safe, free parking for over 2,000 cars both above and below ground. 042

win tickets to the Festive gift fair

WIN A copy of pieminister If the mere thought of Christmas shopping brings you out in a cold sweat and each year you’re devoid of good ideas for gifts then how about a huge hall with 350 stalls of unusual, affordable and interesting ideas all in one place? Catering for every member of the family, as well as your awkward friends or colleagues, the annual Festive Gift Fair will be at the NEC Birmingham from 17-20th November. With foody treats, jewellery, toys (for kids and pets), books and gadgets there is literally thousands to choose from all under one roof. We have 3 x pairs of tickets to giveaway. See entry details below.

It’s autumn and that means it is the time to get stuck in to some hot pie action. With their hefty hardback guide to see you through the seasons, in the form of pie eating, is the spectacular makers of thousands of pies; Pieminister. Full of of great and unusual recipes, facts and great photography (no not just pictures of pies) it is a delight for the eyes as well as the belly. We defy anyone to flick through and not want to eat one of the hearty meals. Yum. Pieminister - A pie for all seasons £14.99

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Please send your answer (if there is one - just your details if not) along with your name, address, contact number and date of birth, to competitions@ no later than 31st October, 2011. Please put the name of the competition in the subject box.







UMBERTO GIANNINI GLAM HAIR MINIS Backcomb in a bottle, Morning After Dry Shampoo & Rock ‘N’ Roll Extreme Hair Spray; we’ll be carrying these everywhere to ward off wind damage. PIEMINISTER A PIE FOR ALL SEASONS £14.99 To keep us warm on the inside Autumn is the season for some serious pie making and eating. BARE MINERALS - SKIN CARE Deep Cleansing Foam (£15), Purifying Facial Cleanser (£15), Purely Nourishing Moisturizer: Normal to Dry Skin (£27), Renew & Hydrate Eye Cream (£23) and lots more from Bare Minerals new skincare range are going to keep our skin looking fresh as a spring day! And now all available online at the new ecommerce site.


JESUS & MARY CHAIN REISSUES £14.99 The mid eighties was all Hall & Oates and shoulder pads until the Jesus and Mary Chain came along. Now with these deluxe three-disc packages (with two CDs and a DVD )of all six albums including B-sides, demos, radio appearances and multi-page booklets by the Scottish noiseniks you can see what all the fuss was about.

TOM FORD VIOLET BLONDE £45 (30ml) - £85 (100ml). Another gorgeously opulent scent from Tom Ford this updated feminine twist on the classic Violet will leave you wanting more and more.

THE DESIGN HOTELS BOOK Die Gestalten Verlag £40 The Design Hotels Book showcases a curated portfolio of 200 of the most most original hotels in 119 destinations across the globe. The book combines striking images and in-depth reviews to provide a glimpse into each hotel’s very individual style of architecture and interior design  and is guaranteed to bring on a serious case of wanderlust and longing for sunshine.


Monday 3 October MUSIC Mowtown Monday The Lord Clifden 7pm COMEDY Phill Jupitus Glee Club 7pm CLUB Happy Mondays Nightingale Club 10pm CLUB Control Vudu 10.30pm

Tuesday 4 October MUSIC ghostpoet O2 Academy 3 7pm

Wednesday 5 October MUSIC Nerina Pallot O2 Academy 7pm

CLUB Voltage Nightingale Club 10pm

MUSIC Emmy the Great Glee Club 7.30pm MUSIC Acoustic Lounge Open Mic The Yardbird 7.30pm

MUSIC Cattle & Cane, Chris Tye Band, Robert Lane The Yardbird 7pm

Club Full Moon HMV Institute 10.30pm CLUB Jellybaby O2 Academy 11pm

COMEDY Hal Cruttenden Slade Rooms 7pm

MUSIC Naked Remedy, The Fakulty, Dec1bel, The State of Things O2 Academy 3 7pm

COMEDY Laughing Workshop Cows Drawing from Kitchen Garden Art and Life Cafe The Barber Institute 7pm 1.30pm CLUB Elixir Social The Bulls Head 9pm CLUB Big Wednesday Snobs Nightclub 10pm


Thursday 6 October MUSIC Chase and Status O2 Academy 7pm MUSIC Forever The Sickest Kids HMV Institute 7pm MUSIC The Twang, Miss Gemma Holz Rainbow 7pm MUSIC Last Gasp, Sugar Razor Sunflower Lounge 7pm MUSIC Acoustic Lounge Open Mic Island Bar 8pm MUSIC Soul Cafe Sunflower Lounge 8pm COMEDY Paddy McGuinness: Saturday

Friday 7 October Night Live The NIA 7.30pm COMEDY Matt Read, Mark Nelson, Rob Rouse Glee Club 7.30pm CLUB Manhattan Loft The Victoria 9pm DANCE Birmingham Royal Ballet Autumn Glory Birmingham Hippodrome 7.30pm

MUSIC Emerge NME Radar Tour O2 Academy 6pm

MUSIC The Subterraneans The Jam House 9pm

MUSIC Killing for Company, Follow the Fallen, My Great Affliction, This Elegant Chaos O2 Academy 3 6.30pm

COMEDY Geoff Schumann The Drum 7pm

MUSIC Kill Timers HMV Institute 7pm MUSIC Mowtown Fridays Red Lion 8pm MUSIC Sam Amidon, Little Sister, Tom Martin Hare & Hounds 8pm MUSIC The Modern, 120 Minutes, The Rubikons Sunflower Lounge

COMEDY Matt Read, Mark Nelson, Nick Helm Glee Club 7.30pm COMEDY Andy Parsons: Gruntled Town Hall 8pm COMEDY Simon Clayton, Joe Bor and Jimmy McGhie Highlight 8pm COMEDY Kill For A Seat mac 8pm COMEDY Rosie’s Pop Diary


The Old Joint Stock 8pm COMEDY Jo Enright: In Stitches Glee Club 8pm COMEDY Mandy Knight, Tom Deacon, Anthony King Jongleurs Comedy Club 8.30pm CLUB Howl The Victoria 9pm CLUB Freestyle The Bulls Head 9pm CLUB The Beat Room Island Bar 9pm CLUB Discographic Rose Villa Tavern 9pm


CLUB Muzik Hertz Rainbow 10pm DANCE Birmingham Royal Ballet Autumn Glory Birmingham Hippodrome 2pm & 7.30pm

Saturday 8 October MUSIC The Kooks O2 Academy 6pm MUSIC Joshua Radin O2 Academy 7pm MUSIC The Subterraneans The Jam House 9pm

WORKSHOP Creative Writing MUSIC Workshops The Barber Institute Legends of Rock: 2pm Mentallica, SPOKEN WORD Higher On Maiden, Guns Ian Leslie: 2 Roses, The Born Liars Cult, Faith Ikon Gallery 8pm No Man, Rock Disco Slade Rooms 4pm

Glee Club 7.30pm COMEDY Mandy Knight, Tom Deacon, Anthony King Jongleurs Comedy Club 8.30pm COMEDY Simon Clayton, Joe Bor, Jimmy McGhie Highlight 8pm CLUB Dr Jekyll’s Potion The Jekyll and Hyde 8pm CLUB Juqebox Rose Villa Tavern 8pm

COMEDY Mad Cow’s Open Mic Com- CLUB Trigga’s Fast edy: Part 1 & Furious Red Lion, 3pm Birthday Bash COMEDY Birmingham Matt Read, Heist Mark Nelson, HMV Institute Mike Wilmot, 9pm Nick Helm

Sunday 9 October CLUB Vertigo The Victoria 9pm CLUB Rainbow Showcase Festival 2011 Rainbow 9pm CLUB Saturdays @ Nuvo Nuvo Bar 9pm CLUB Loaded @ Snobs Snobs Nightclub 10pm CLUB Subculture Vudu 10pm CLUB Silent Disco Nightingale Club 10pm CLUB Birmingham’s Roller Disc The Ballroom Birmingham 10.30pm

Spoken Word States of Independence (West) Eastside Projects 10am Workshop Creative Writing Workshops for Adults The Barber Institute 11am Workshop Drawing for Beginners The Barber Institute 11am

MUSIC Soul Sunday The Lord Clifden 12pm MUSIC Roasts ‘n’ Records Hare & Hounds 12pm MUSIC Sunday Jazz: Four on the Floor The Old Joint Stock 1pm MUSIC Blood Ceremony Hare & Hounds 8pm

WORKSHOP The Public Art MUSIC Class The Humans The Public The Public 11am 7pm Dance MUSIC Birmingham Royal Ballet - Kids In Glass Autumn Glory Houses Wulfrun Hall Birmingham Hip7pm podrome 2.30pm & 7.30pm Spoken Word Sex and Death in PreRaphaelite

Art Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery 2pm COMEDY Jack Whitehall Glee Club 7.30pm COMEDY Yummie Brummies: Jo Enright Glee Club 8pm COMEDY Half a Dog Comedy Presents: Funny Friends Comedy The Victoria 8pm COMEDY Henning Wehn: No Surrender! The Electric Cinema 8pm


Monday 10 October

Tuesday 11 October

MUSIC Cloud Control Rainbow 7pm

MUSIC The Specials Wulfun Hall 7pm

COMEDY Barbara Nice & Gals Glee Club 7.30pm CLUB Mowtown Monday The Lord Clifden 7pm CLUB Broken Amp Adam And Eve 7.30pm CLUB Happy Mondays Nightingale Club 10pm CLUB Control Vudu 10.30pm

MUSIC Y&T Slade Rooms 7pm MUSIC Ed Sheeran HMV Institute 7pm MUSIC Acoustic Lounge Open Mic The Yardbird 7.30pm COMEDY Patrick Monahan: Hug Me I Feel Good! The Old Joint Stock 8pm THEATRE Some Like it... Hip Hop Birmingham Hippodrome 7.30pm SPOKEN WORD Howard Marks is Mr


Wednesday 12 October Nice Glee Club 7.30pm WORKSHOP Burlesque Workshop The Jekyll and Hyde 8pm

MUSIC The Pierces Glee Club 7pm MUSIC The Specials Wulfun Hall 7pm MUSIC Sarah Blasko, Fred Kinbom Hare & Hounds 7.30pm MUSIC Mazes, Milk Maid Hare & Hounds 8pm COMEDY The World’s Greatest Comedy Quiz Hare & Hounds 8.30pm CLUB The Likely Lads Sunflower Lounge 8pm CLUB Elixir Social The Bulls Head 9pm

Thursday 13 October CLUB Big Wednesday Snobs Nightclub 10pm CLUB Voltage Nightingale Club 10pm CLUB Full Moon HMV Institute 10.30pm CLUB Jellybaby O2 Academy 11pm SPOKEN WORD An Evening with Ian Rankin Library Theatre 6.30pm SPOKEN WORD Owen Hatherley: The New Ruins of Great Britain The Electric Cinema 7pm SPOKEN WORD Skeptics in the Pub: How

to Be a Psychic Conman The Victoria 7.30pm

MUSIC While She Sleeps O2 Academy 3 7pm

SPOKEN WORD Victor Rodriguez Núñez : The Infinite’s Ash Ikon Gallery 7.30pm

MUSIC Joy Formidable, And So I Watch You From Afar, Creatures Of Love HMV Institute 7pm

THEATRE Some Like it... Hip Hop Birmingham Hippodrome 7.30pm WORKSHOP Creative Writing Workshops The Barber Institute 2pm

MUSIC [Spunge] HMV Institute 7pm MUSIC Bombay Bicycle Club O2 Academy 7pm MUSIC Wilcox, The Formula, The Fontana Instincts, Escape Avenue Hare & Hounds 7.30pm MUSIC Acoustic Lounge Open Mic

Island Bar 8pm MUSIC Soul Cafe Sunflower Lounge 8pm COMEDY Ivan Brackenbury, Ian D Montfort Hare & Hounds 8pm COMEDY Chris Ramsey, Lucy Porter, Phil Nichol Glee Club 7.30pm COMEDY The Boy With Tape On His Face Glee Club 7.30pm COMEDY Andrew Lawrence – The Best Kept Secret In Comedy Slade Rooms 7pm


CLUB Manhattan Loft The Victoria 9pm CLUB Diversion Nightingale Club 9pm THEATRE Some Like it... Hip Hop Birmingham Hippodrome 1.30pm & 7.30pm

Friday 14 October MUSIC The Horrors O2 Academy 6pm MUSIC Noah and the Whale O2 Academy 7pm

MUSIC Enablers, Kogumaza, Backwards Hare & Hounds 8pm COMEDY Hal Cruttenden Glee Club 7.30pm

MUSIC Wakey! Wakey!, To Kill a King COMEDY HMV Institute Lee Thompson 7pm The Old Joint Stock MUSIC 7.45pm Spoken Word Cold Night Art and For COMEDY Writing Alligators Boris Nicoli: The Barber Institute The Flapper KGB Mind 6.30pm 7pm Readings mac SPOKEN WORD MUSIC 7.45pm Will Self: Chris Helme, Walking To Bluebeat COMEDY Hollywood Arkestra, Kevin Birmingham Pandas and McCarthy, Cathedral People Raymond 7.30pm O2 Academy 3 Mearns, Andy 7pm Askins Highlight COMEDY 8.00pm Chris Ramsey, Lucy Porter, COMEDY Phil Nichol, Karen Bayley, Elis James Jo Enright, Glee Club Brian Higgins 7.30pm Jongleurs 054

Comedy Club 8.30pm CLUB Mowtown Fridays Red Lion 8pm CLUB Howl The Victoria, 9pm CLUB Freestyle The Bulls Head 9pm CLUB The Beat Room Island Bar 9pm CLUB Discographic Rose Villa Tavern 9pm CLUB Infusion Nightingale Club 9pm CLUB Hype - Foreign Beggars Live Rainbow 10pm

Saturday 15 October CLUB Rag & Bone Snobs Nightclub 10.30pm CLUB Frat Party HMV Institute 10.30pm THEATRE Some Like it... Hip Hop Birmingham Hippodrome 7.30pm THEATRE Othello The Drum 7.30pm THEATRE Shared Experience: Speechless mac 8pm WORKSHOP Othello Workshop The Drum 1.30pm

MUSIC OxjamBrum The Flapper 3pm MUSIC OxjamBrum The Yardbird 3pm MUSIC OxjamBrum Sunflower Lounge 3pm MUSIC OxjamBrum Café Blend 3pm MUSIC OxjamBrum Six Eight Kafé 3pm

MUSIC MCM, Caveman, Juice Aleem Hare & Hounds 9pm MUSIC Emma Scott Presents: Sunset On Suburbia, All thought Out, Jetpack, tHE kI, Fierd Wish Slade Rooms 7pm COMEDY Chris Ramsey, Lucy Porter, Phil Nichol, Elis James Glee Club 7.30pm

COMEDY Karen Bayley, Jo Enright, Brian Higgins Jongleurs Comedy Club MUSIC Enter Shikari, 8.30pm Your Demise, COMEDY LetLive Kevin O2 Academy McCarthy, 6pm Phil Walker, Raymond MUSIC Mearns, Andy Ben Howard Askins HMV Institute Highlight, 8pm 6pm MUSIC OxjamBrum Brewsmiths Coffee 3pm

CLUB Dr Jekyll’s Potion The Jekyll and Hyde 8pm CLUB Juqebox Rose Villa Tavern 8pm CLUB Vertigo The Victoria, 9pm CLUB Face Rainbow, 9pm CLUB Jaguar Skills The Custard Factory 10pm CLUB Loaded @ Snobs Snobs Nightclub 10pm CLUB Subculture Vudu 10pm CLUB Random Xcitement 055

Monday 17 October

Sunday 16 October Subway City, 10pm MUSIC Soul Sunday CLUB The Lord Clifden Swaggerli12pm cious Nightingale Club MUSIC 11pm Roasts ‘n’ Records THEATRE Hare & Hounds Othello 12pm The Drum 7.30pm MUSIC Sunday Jazz: THEATRE Four on the Some Like it... Floor Hip Hop The Old Joint Birmingham Stock Hippodrome 1pm 2.30pm & 7.30pm MUSIC THEATRE Michelle Shared Shocked Experience: Hare & Hounds Speechless 8pm mac 8pm MUSIC Lite, SPOKEN WORD Maybeshewill Stuart The Flapper Maconie: Hope 7pm & Glory International MUSIC Convention Centre The Blood Arm 6.00pm Rainbow 7pm COMEDY An Audience With Mrs Barbara Nice 056

The Old Joint Stock, 2pm COMEDY Russell Kane New Alexandra Theatre 8pm COMEDY Mad Cow Comedy Club: Best of the Best Musical Comedians Red Lion 8pm COMEDY Half a Dog Comedy: 2 Half an Hours The Victoria 8.30pm THEATRE The Light Garden mac 10am SPOKEN WORD Life Above All Film Screening: Allan Stratton mac 2pm

MUSIC Blessthefall, Pierce the Veil, Motionless in White O2 Academy 7pm MUSIC Jessie J O2 Academy 7pm MUSIC Skepta HMV Institute 7pm MUSIC Jimmy Davis, Red Starr, Trap Floors, Jack Dracula, The Synth O2 Academy 3 7pm COMEDY Stephen Merchant Symphony Hall 7.30pm CLUB Broken Amp Adam And Eve 7.30pm

CLUB Happy Mondays Nightingale Club 10pm CLUB Control Vudu 10.30pm CLUB Mowtown Monday The Lord Clifden 7pm

Tuesday 18 October MUSIC Only Route Out O2 Academy 3 6.30pm MUSIC Miles Kane HMV Institute 7pm MUSIC Jessie J O2 Academy 7pm MUSIC Wu Lyf HMV Institute 7pm MUSIC Acoustic Lounge Open Mic The Yardbird 7.30pm COMEDY Stephen Merchant Symphony Hall 7.30pm WORKSHOP Burlesque Workshop The Jekyll and Hyde 8pm

Wednesday 19 October MUSIC Keith Caputo HMV Institute 7pm

CLUB Voltage Nightingale Club 10pm

MUSIC The Cat Empire O2 Academy 7pm

CLUB Full Moon HMV Institute 10.30pm

MUSIC Ivyrise O2 Academy 3 7pm

CLUB Jellybaby O2 Academy 11pm

COMEDY Seann Walsh Glee Club 8.00pm

SPOKEN WORD Birmingham Storytelling Cafe Kitchen Garden Cafe 7.30pm

COMEDY Justin Moorhouse: Live Town Hall 8.30pm CLUB The Likely Lads Sunflower Lounge 8pm CLUB Big Wednesday Snobs Nightclub 10pm


Thursday 20 October MUSIC Stiff Little Fingers HMV Institute 7pm MUSIC Rebecca & The Roses, Roz Bruce Sunflower Lounge 7pm MUSIC Ash HMV Institute 7pm MUSIC Random Hand HMV Institute, 7pm MUSIC Negative Brody, The Motive, The Illuminations, Fantastik 4 Hare & Hounds 7pm MUSIC Katy B O2 Academy 7.30pm MUSIC Hope and Social Hare & Hounds 058

Friday 21 October MUSIC Acoustic Lounge Open Mic Island Bar 8pm COMEDY Ian D Montfort, Paul McCaffrey, Steve Harris Glee Club 7.30pm CLUB Soul Cafe Sunflower Lounge 8pm CLUB Manhattan Loft The Victoria 9pm CLUB Diversion Nightingale Club 9pm

MUSIC Herman Dune O2 Academy 3 6pm MUSIC Shoot the Dead The Actress & Bishop 8.30pm MUSIC Supersonic Festival 2011 APPAT, CLOAKS, DRUMCUN, MIKE WATT The Custard Factory 9pm COMEDY Paul Foot Glee Club 7.30pm

COMEDY Martin Mor, Gary Little, Richard Morton CLUB Highlight Happy Cycling 8pm The Bulls Head 7pm COMEDY Patrick Monahan The Public 8pm

COMEDY Brendan Riley, Wes Zahuruk, Keith Carter Jongleurs Comedy Club 8.30pm CLUB Mowtown Fridays Red Lion 8pm CLUB Howl The Victoria 9pm CLUB Freestyle The Bulls Head 9pm CLUB The Beat Room Island Bar 9pm CLUB Discographic Rose Villa Tavern 9pm CLUB Infusion Nightingale Club 9pm

Sunday 23 October

Saturday 22 October MUSIC Supersonic Festival 2011 The Custard Factory 4pm COMEDY Ian D Montfort, Paul McCaffrey, Steve Harris, Tony Hendricks Glee Club 7.30pm COMEDY Martin Mor, Gary Little, Richard Morton Highlight 8.00pm COMEDY Brendan Riley, Wes Zahuruk, Keith Carter Jongleurs Comedy Club 8.30pm CLUB Dr Jekyll’s Potion The Jekyll and Hyde 8pm

CLUB Juqebox Rose Villa Tavern 8pm CLUB Vertigo The Victoria 9pm CLUB Saturdays @ Nuvo Nuvo Bar 9pm CLUB Loaded @ Snobs Snobs Nightclub 10pm CLUB Subculture Vudu 10pm CLUB Panic! HMV Institute 10pm CLUB Hed Kandi Gatecrasher, 10pm CLUB Swaggerlicious Nightingale Club 11pm

WORKSHOP Drawing for Beginners The Barber Institute 11am WORKSHOP The Public Art Class The Public 11am SPOKEN WORD Michael Moore Live: Here Comes Trouble! Town Hall 8pm

MUSIC Soul Sunday The Lord Clifden 12pm MUSIC Roasts ‘n’ Records Hare & Hounds 12pm MUSIC Sunday Jazz: Four on the Floor The Old Joint Stock 1pm MUSIC Supersonic Kids Gig mac 2.30pm MUSIC Al Gare, Dean Beresford The Actress & Bishop 3pm MUSIC Wretch 32 HMV Institute 7pm MUSIC Ugly Duckling Rock & Pop at Rainbow, 7pm 059

Monday 24 October MUSIC Supersonic Festival 2011 Turbonegro The Custard Factory 2pm MUSIC Erasure – The Tomorrow’s World Tour Civic Hall 7pm MUSIC Funeral For a Friend, Escape The Fate Wulfrun Hall 6pm MUSIC Bastille The Slade Rooms 7pm

MUSIC The Dykeenies HMV Institute 7pm MUSIC Josh Pyke Glee Club 7.30pm CLUB Mowtown Monday The Lord Clifden 7pm CLUB Broken Amp Adam And Eve 7.30pm CLUB Happy Mondays Nightingale Club 10pm CLUB Loaded Gatecrasher 10pm CLUB Control: Starlings Vudu 10.30pm


Tuesday 25 October MUSIC Airship, Paper Shapes Rainbow 7pm MUSIC Reconnected HMV Institute 7pm MUSIC Michael Kiwanuka The Yardbird 7pm MUSIC The Leisure Society Glee Club 7.30pm COMEDY The Cheeky Monkey Comedy Club The Cross 8.30pm WORKSHOP Spooky Soho Soho House 12pm WORKSHOP Halloween Lanterns Soho House 12.30pm

WORKSHOP Family Craft Activity Museum of the Jewellery Quarter 1pm WORKSHOP Family Craft Activity Sarehole Mill 1pm

Wednesday 26 October MUSIC Tribes O2 Academy 3 6pm MUSIC General Fiasco, Wonder Villains, Yes Cadets Rainbow 7pm MUSIC Dan Whitehouse , Peter Bruntnell Glee Club 7.30pm MUSIC Katy Perry The NIA 7.30pm COMEDY Jason Manford LG Arena 7.30pm COMEDY Tommy Tiernan Glee Club 7.30pm

CLUB The Likely Lads Sunflower Lounge 8pm

WORKSHOP Monster Masks! Aston Hall 12.15pm

CLUB Elixir Social The Bulls Head

WORKSHOP Creepy Critter Crafts Soho House 12.30pm

CLUB Big Wednesday Snobs Nightclub 10pm CLUB Voltage Nightingale Club 10pm CLUB Full Moon HMV Institute 10.30pm CLUB Jellybaby O2 Academy 11pm DANCE Burn The Floor Birmingham Hippodrome 7.30pm

WORKSHOP Family Craft Activity The Museum of the Jewellery Quarter 1pm WORKSHOP Family Craft Activity Sarehole Mill 1pm

Thursday 27 October MUSIC Only the Good, Rise of My Empire O2 Academy 3 6.30pm MUSIC Benjamin Francis Leftwich, Daughter HMV Institute 7pm MUSIC Volbeat O2 Academy 7pm MUSIC Del Camino The Jam House 9pm MUSIC Alice Cooper The NIA 7.30pm MUSIC Acoustic Lounge Open Mic Island Bar 8pm COMEDY Alistair Barrie, Dave Fulton, Dan 061

Friday 28 October MUSIC Professor Green, Labrinth WORKSHOP COMEDY Monster Mask O2 Academy 6pm All New Making Comedy – Dave Soho House MUSIC Longley, 12.30pm The Return Daliso O2 Academy 3 Chaponda WORKSHOP 6pm Hare & Hounds Family Craft 8pm Activity The Museum of the MUSIC Pop Will Eat CLUB Jewellery Quarter Itself Happy Cycling 1pm O2 Academy The Bulls Head 6pm 7pm WORKSHOP Family Craft MUSIC CLUB Activity Friends Soul Food Sarehole Mill Electric Project 1pm HMV Institute Hare & Hounds 6pm 7pm Nightingale Glee Club 7.30pm

The Patrick Centre 8pm

CLUB Manhattan Loft The Victoria 9pm CLUB Diversion Nightingale Club 9pm DANCE Caravaggio: Exile and Death 062

MUSIC Mivvi, Black Tears, Bang Bang Romeo, No I.D. Exodus Calling HMV Institute 7pm COMEDY Alistair Barrie, Dave Fulton, Dan Nightingale, Patrick Monahan

Glee Club 7.30pm COMEDY Nick Page, Wayne Deakin, John Gavin Comedy at Highlight 8pm COMEDY Luke Toulson, John Simmit, Phil Walker, Dave Longley Jongleurs Comedy Club 8.30pm COMEDY Reginald D Hunter Sometimes Even The Devil Tells The Truth Civic Hall 6.45pm CLUB Mowtown Fridays Red Lion 8pm CLUB Funktuality: Halloween Night

Saturday 29 October Sence 8pm CLUB Sugarfoot Stomp 7 Year Itch Birthday Party Hare & Hounds 8.30pm CLUB Howl The Victoria 9pm CLUB Freestyle The Bulls Head 9pm CLUB The Beat Room Island Bar 9pm CLUB Discographic Rose Villa Tavern 9pm CLUB Infusion Nightingale Club 9pm CLUB Rag & Bone Snobs Nightclub 10.30pm

CLUB Frat Party HMV Institute 10.30pm WORKSHOP Family Craft Activity The Museum of the Jewellery Quarter 1pm

MUSIC Motley Crew UK, The UK Cult, Slash UK, Guns or Roses, The Essential Ozzy Osbourne HMV Institute 5pm

SPOKEN WORD Jewellery Quarter Ghost Walk The Museum of the Jewellery Quarter 2pm

MUSIC Hostile, Martyr De Mona, Mad Hatter 2.0, Winterstorm O2 Academy 3 6pm

EVENT Halloween Fancy Dress Ball Highbury Hall 7.30pm

MUSIC Capdown, JB Conspiracy, Anti Vigilant HMV Institute 6.30pm

DANCE Caravaggio: Exile and Death The Patrick Centre 8pm

COMEDY Nick Page, Wayne Deakin, John Gavin Highlight 8pm

COMEDY Alistair Barrie, Dave Fulton, Dan Nightingale, Patrick

Monahan Glee Club 7.30pm COMEDY Luke Toulson, John Simmit, Phil Walker, Dave Longley Jongleurs Comedy Club 8.30pm CLUB Dr Jekyll’s Potion The Jekyll and Hyde 8pm CLUB Juqebox Rose Villa Tavern 8pm CLUB This Is Tmrw The Bulls Head 9pm CLUB DJ Beerman Presents Halloween Special The Old Wharf, 6pm CLUB Face: Halloween


Sunday 30 October Rainbow 9pm CLUB Vertigo The Victoria 9pm CLUB Saturdays @ Nuvo Nuvo Bar 9pm CLUB DJ Marky Hare & Hounds 9.30pm CLUB Loaded @ Snobs Snobs Nightclub 10pm CLUB Subculture’s Halloween Party Vudu 10pm CLUB The Freaks Come Out Halloween Gatecrasher 10pm


CLUB Zombie Ball Dance of The Dead The Ballroom Birmingham 10.30pm

MUSIC Soul Sunday The Lord Clifden 12pm MUSIC Roasts ‘n’ Records Hare & Hounds 12pm

WORKSHOP Drawing for Beginners The Barber Institute MUSIC Troumaca 11am Slade Rooms 7pm DANCE Burn The MUSIC Floor Sunday Jazz: Birmingham Four on the Hippodrome Floor 2.30pm The Old Joint Stock 1pm MUSIC Andy Hamilton The Drum 1pm MUSIC Black Veil Brides Wulfrun Hall 7pm MUSIC The Travelling Band Hare & Hounds 7.30pm

MUSIC Betty & The ID, The Nightingales, Ted Chippington, Micronormous Wagon & Horses 8.00pm THEATRE Pickled Images: Wolf Tales mac 2.30pm


Monday 31 October MUSIC One Night Only, Lonsdale Boys Club, The Van Doos O2 Academy 3 6.00pm MUSIC Composers’ Platform Halloween Special Birmingham Conservatoire 7.30pm CLUB Mowtown Monday The Lord Clifden 7.00pm CLUB Broken Amp Adam And Eve 7.30pm CLUB Halloween UV Monster Ball Walkabout 9.30pm CLUB Loaded Halloween Party Gatecrasher 10pm

CLUB Control Vudu 10.30pm THEATRE Nosferatu with Live Score mac 7.30pm

1 November – Civic Hall Sarah Millican : Thoroughly Modern Millican 1 November – Wulfrun Hall Steve-O - The Entirely Too Much Information Tour 3 November – Wulfrun Hall Dave Spikey 5 November – Civic Hall Stephen Merchant - Hello Ladies 12-20 November - Civic Hall Grand Slam of Darts When the behemoths of the darting world descend on Wolverhampton the city goes giddy with arrows fever. Returning again, for what has become one of the region’s hottest sporting tickets, the Grand Slam will see heavy-hitters Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor, reigning champion Scott Waites and Wolverhampton’s Wayne Jones take to the Civic Hall stage. Tickets are £15-£35 and available in person or by calling 0870 320 7000 14 November - 02 Academy Beady Eye 19 November - 02 Academy Smashing Pumpkins 21 November – Civic Hall Dave Gorman’s PowerPoint Presentation 25 November - Wulfrun Hall Jerry Sadowitz - Comedian, Magician, Psychopath! 065

Venue Directory MUSIC VENUES Actress & Bishop 36, Ludgate Hill, B3 1EH 0121 236 7426 BIRMINGHAM BALLROOM 52-54 Dale End, B4 7LS birmingham-ballroom. com BULLS HEAD 23, St. Marys Row, Moseley, B13 8HW Civic/Wulfrun North Street, WV1 1RQ. 0870 320 7000 THE LORD CLIFDEN 34 Great Hampton Street, B18 6AA 0121 523 7515 The Flapper Kingston Row, B1 2NU. 0121 236 2421 Hare & Hounds 106 High Street, B14 7JZ. 0121 444 2081 HMV Institute 78 Digbeth High St, Digbeth


Island bar 14-26 Suffolk Street, B1 1LT. 0121 632 5296 The Jam House 3 - 5 St Pauls Square Birmingham, West Midlands B3 1QU 0121 200 3030 Jekyll & hyde 28, Steelhouse Lane, Birmingham, B4 6BJ KITCHEN GARDEN CAFE 17 York Road, Kings Heath. 0121 443 4725 NIGHTINGALE CLUB Essex House, Kent Street, B5 6RD O2 Academy 08444 772 000 o2academybirmingham. SUNFLOWER LOUNGE

76, Smallbrook Queens way, Birmingham, B5 The Rainbow 160 High Street Deritend, B12 0LD

THE RED LION 95 Warstone Lane, B18 6NG 0121 233 9144 theredlionbirmingham. com ROSE VILLA TAVERN 172 Warstone Lane Birmingham, B18 6JW 0121 236 7910 THE SLADE ROOMS Broad Street Wolverhampton SNOBS 29 Paradise Circus Queensway, B1 2BJ 0121 643 5551 The Victoria 48 John Bright Street, B1 1BN. 0121 633 9439 thevictoriabirmingham. VUDU CLUB Smallbrook Queensway Birmingham B5 4HX 0121 643 0859 YARDBIRD Paradise Place, Birmingham, B3 3HJ


ART VENUES BARBER INSTITUTE University of Birminham Edgbaston, B15 2TS 0121 414 7333 BM&G Chamberlain Square, B3 3DH,

Digbeth, B9 4AR 0121 766 7876 Wolverhampton Art Gallery Lichfield St, WV1 1DU 01902 552055 wolverhamptonart.

CUSTARD FACTORY Gibb Street, B9 4AA The Drum 144 Potters Lane, Aston, B6 4UU, 0121 333 2444 EASTSIDE PROJECTS 86 Heath Mill Lane, B9 4AR, 0121 771 1778 IKON EASTSIDE Fazeley Street, Digbeth

COMEDY VENUES The Glee Club The Arcadian, B5 4TD. 0871 472 0400 HIGHLIGHT 259-262 Broad Street, B1 2HF JONGLEURS Oceana, Hurst Street, B5

Alexandra Theatre Station St, Birmingham 0844 847 2302 BIRMINGHAM HIPPODROME Hurst Street 0844 338 5000 birminghamhippodrome. com The Old Joint Stock Pub and Theatre 4 Temple Row West B2 5NY, 0121 200 1892 oldjointstocktheatre. OTHER VENUES THE ELECTRIC CINEMA 47 Station St Birmingham, B5 4DY 0121 643 7879

kon Gallery Oozells Square, B1 2HS 0121 248 0708 MAC Cannon Hill Park VIVID 140 Heath Mill Lane,


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